The issue I am focusing on is childhood obesity. Currently childhood obesity is a widespread issue across the United States. I believe that it is the government’s responsibility to end this obesity epidemic.
My resource is from the CDC and discusses childhood obesity and ways we can intervene. Childhood obesity affects approximately 12.5 million children and teens in the United States. Obesity in children can lead to psychosocial problems as well as cardiovascular problems such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. The CDC has determined that shifts in food consumption, changes in physical activity levels, and higher levels of television viewing are the major causes of childhood obesity. The CDC uses evidence to back up their intervention programs. The CDC has found that for maximum impact the focus must be on strategies that alter the food and physical activity environments in places where persons live, learn, work, play, and pray.
One prevention plan focuses on altering institutions purchasing strategies to reduce the availability of high-calorie food. Another focuses on enacting regulations that eliminate the availability of high-calorie drinks and making fresh water more available. Some prevention plans require parents to promote healthy choices such as decreasing the amount of TV their child watches and increasing physical activities. Quality school programs that keep children moving all the time in physical activity classes should be implemented. All of these implementation plans are simply plans. Policy is often the most effective way to implement and sustain changes. Programs like Let’s Move have been affectively implemented and have had success, but the government has to do more.
I believe that the government should make regulations that all states must follow in order to promote healthy life styles for children. For example the government could implement mandatory physical activity requirements for schools. Programs like Let’s Move are making progress, but there is more that the government can and should be doing to fix this issue.
This resource is very reliable since it is from the Center for Disease Control. This resource reveals cold hard facts about childhood obesity without any biases. The only issue about this resource is that it was published in 2011 and some of their implementation plans may be outdated.
Source: “CDC Grand Rounds: Childhood Obesity in the United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Morality Weekly Report, 21 Jan. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6002a2.htm?s_cid=mm6002a2_w>.